Journal of the Korean Pediatric Society 2002;45(1):10-15.
Published online January 15, 2002.
The Relationship Between Obesity and Depressive Trends in Elementary School Children
Seon Mi Park1, Eun Young Kim1, Young Il Rho1, Sang Kee Park1, Yeong Bong Park1, Kyung Rye Moon1, Kyung Sik Pyo2
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwang-ju, Korea
1Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwang-ju, Korea
2Department of Neuropsychiatry, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Gwang-ju, Korea
학동기 소아에서 비만과 우울 성향과의 관계
박선미1, 김은영1, 노영일1, 박상기1, 박영봉1, 문경래1, 표경식2
1조선대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
1조선대학교 의과대학 소아과학교실
2조선대학교 의과대학 정신과학교실
Correspondence: 
Kyung Rye Moon, Email: krmoon@mail.chosun.ac.kr
Abstract
Purpose
: This study was designed to evaluate the relationship between obesity and depressive trends in elementary school children.
Methods
: In 1999, we surveyed 2,091 elementary school children(1,079 boys and 1,012 girls) whose ages ranged from 10 to 12 years. Obesity was defined as an obesity index over 20 percent. The degree of depression was compared between the obese group and the normal body weight group according to Korean Children's Depression Inventory(CDI) of Kovacs and Beck.
Results
: Among the subjects, 1,884(88.2%) formed the normal body weight group, 128(6.1%) formed mildly obese group, 98(4.7%) formed the moderately obese group and 21(1.0%) formed the severely obese group. The mean depression score in the obese group was significantly higher than that of the normal body weight group, and the more severely obese the more significantly the depression score increased. The depression score of the obese girls' group was higher than the obese boys' group. The depression score was significantly higher in the obese group who hate exercise and like computer games, than in the group who like exercise and don't play computer games. The depression score was significantly higher in the obese group who hate physical education than the group who like it.
Conclusion
: The depression score of the obese group was significantly higher than normal body weight group in elementary school children. Physicians should provide psychological support in the treatments of obese children.
Key Words: Obesity, Depression


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